Shafali Verma-led Indian women’s cricket team on Sunday created history by winning the maiden title of the U19 T20 World Cup. Shafali, who was leading the Indian women, was incredibly proud of the way her team was able to create history by comprehensively defeating England in the final. At the post-match presentation ceremony, the Indian skipper struggled to control his tears as he was asked what milestones he and his team were able to reach on the occasion.
“Very happy with the way all the girls are performing and supporting each other. Incredible feeling. Thank you to the staff, the way they are supporting us everyday and telling us that we are here for the Cup and because of them we are here. All thanks to him. The players have supported me a lot,” Shafali said at the presentation ceremony, tears welling up in her eyes.
He said, ‘Thank you BCCI for giving me such a beautiful team and very happy to win the cup. She (Shweta Sehrawat) has been excellent and has followed all the plans of the staff. Not just her, Archana, Saumya and I really can’t name anyone but they are all incredible.”
When asked if this is the only cup she is going to take this season in South Africa, Shafali’s response was: “No, definitely not”.
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Shafali is already an established player in India’s senior side and will be looking to draw inspiration from this tournament to win the mega event next month. Shafali was also part of the India team that fell at the final hurdle in the 2020 T20 World Cup as the subcontinental giants suffered an 85-run defeat to Australia at the MCG.
“I am someone who focuses on the task at hand. When I entered the U-19 side, I only focused on winning the U-19 Cup and today we have won.”
Shafali said, “I will take this confidence of victory with me and win the senior World Cup. I will try and forget it and join the senior setup and win the World Cup in harmony with the team.”
Shafali Verma-led India U-19 team managed to do what their seniors couldn’t by crossing the final hurdle at a global event. India first bundled out England for 68 in 17.1 overs and then chased down a modest target in 14 overs to lift the coveted trophy. India defeated England by seven wickets in the final of the tournament at Potchefstroom, South Africa.
with PTI inputs
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